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Friday, April 5


Responsive Storytelling on Every Screen
At The Washington Post, visual journalists are developing new ways to tell stories, from long term enterprise projects to daily breaking news. To do this, they have taken ownership over new technologies and platforms while actively collaborating with the entire newsroom. We?ll take you through how some of our favorite projects came to life and how you can bring the same collaborative, visual spirit into your newsroom.

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Matthew Callahan

Design editor, The Washington Post
Matthew Callahan is a design editor at The Washington Post. He is part of a management team overseeing The Post's print and digital design. His focus is telling multimedia driven stories online. Most recently Matt led The Post's launch of AMP Stories.
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Danielle Rindler

Graphics Assignment Editor, The Washington Post
Danielle Rindler is a graphics assignment editor at The Washington Post, where she focuses on creating immersive, multimedia storytelling. During her 5 years at the Post, she has played a crucial role in coordinating, developing, designing and publishing some of the newsrooms most... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


The Chicago School: Graphics & Social Justice
Their work connects journalism, data, and social issues. See the ways American Public Media, the Chicago Tribune, Injustice Watch and ProPublica Illinois tell stories that explain in ways meant to provoke change. 

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Geoff Hing

Data reporter, American Public Media
Geoff Hing is a Chicago-based journalist and cultural worker who specializes in programmatic data exploration and visualization. He has worked with NPR, City Bureau, The Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Tribune and OpenElections.
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David Eads

ProPublica Illinois
David Eads is a news applications developer at ProPublica Illinois, where he combines journalism with software development. Ever since he built the website for his high school newspaper in 1996, Eads knew he wanted to work at the intersection of media and technology. He moved to Chicago... Read More →
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Jennifer Smith Richards

Chicago Tribune
Jennifer Smith Richards has been a data reporter at the Chicago Tribune since 2015. Smith Richards previously covered schools and education for more than a decade at newspapers in Huntington, W.Va.; Utica, N.Y.; Savannah, Ga.; and Columbus, Ohio. Her work has touched on everything... Read More →
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Rick Tulsky

Co-Founder, Injustice Watch
Rick Tulsky, the co-founder and co-editor of Injustice Watch, developed a sense of the power of exposing social wrongs as a young reporter at the Jackson, Ms., Clarion Ledger; and has retained his dedication to that work at The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and the Center for Investigative Reporting... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


A Design System for Responsible Publishing
We, the people of media, often talk about how we want to ? need to ? regain trust. We tend to forget sometimes that responsibility is how you get there. It?s a major pit stop.

We?ve spent so many years designing for an emotional response. The time to design for responsibility is here. The idea is to build a design system for responsibility. The prediction is that it?s going to happen, one way or another.

The principles of building a design system aren?t new. The system is there to make sure best practices are in place so we don?t reinvent the wheel every time. It?s about having a robust system that incorporates usability principles, standards, a style guide, a pattern library, guidelines, components, usage, and so on. The application of the system doesn?t really matter as long as its philosophical components are in place.

What if we did this with media responsibility ? publisher responsibility ? as the operating system?

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Rishad Patel

Co-Founder, The Splice Newsroom
Rishad Patel is a product and design professional. He is the co-founder of Splice Media. For over twenty years, Rishad has designed and developed products for the web, mobile, radio, advertising, newsrooms, newspapers, magazines, podcasting, branding, books, and floor rugs for companies... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


Designing for Digital Audience Loyalty
Find out what the Chicago Tribune is doing to design for digital audiences and build subscriber loyalty. 

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Jonathon Berlin

Data and graphics editor, Chicago Tribune
Jonathon Berlin is graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and Columbia College where hes taught infographics, data visualization and human-centered design. Jonathon was president of the Society for News Design in 2012. His... Read More →
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Christine Taylor

Managing Editor, Audience, Chicago Tribune
Christine Taylor joined the Chicago Tribune in the new role of managing editor, audience in 2018. She is a digital innovator and dynamic leader who is helping the Tribune think in new ways about its journalism and reach.  She previously served as the head of digital publishing for... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Geneva Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


Human-Centered Design for Local News Products
As part of the Local News Initiative, the Knight Lab has been doing human-centered design research to develop a qualitative understanding of existing and underserved local news audiences behaviors and unmet information needs. Check out our first field research on human-centered design for local news products ? and come see what else we found and what we?re doing about it.

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Knight Lab

Northwestern University
Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces.The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


Data, Polling and the 2020 Election
After decades of relying on in-person exit polls to help call winners and tell the story of Election Day, the Associated Press debuted a replacement in 2018: VoteCast, a new approach to election research. Developed in collaboration with NORC at the University of Chicago, one of the world?s premier academic research institutions, VoteCast is designed for an electorate that is voting early, absentee and by mail in greater numbers with each passing election.

Combing innovations in survey methodology with a massive data collection effort, VoteCast offered research on voter attitudes nationally and in all 47 states contesting statewide elections in 2018, including details about the opinions of registered voters who chose not to cast a ballot.

As part of VoteCast, AP also created systems for automating the creation of text and visual content, allowing it to provide an unprecedented level of multi-format state-by-state reporting on ?why the winners won? on Election Day.

The AP team that created VoteCast will discuss why they chose to abandon exit polls, their new approach to election polling, how they expanded their visual storytelling and their plans to do more ? and enable AP member newsrooms and VoteCast customers to do more ? in 2020 and beyond.

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David Scott

Deputy Managing Editor, Associated Press
David Scott is a deputy managing editor at The Associated Press, where he oversees the operations of its global newsroom including software and technical tools, staffing, budget, outside partnerships and the AP Stylebook. He is also responsible for APs polling and survey research... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA


Designing a Conversation
#SNDbots #SNDChicago

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Emily Withrow

Director, Quartz Bot Studio, Quartz
Emily Withrow is director of the Quartz Bot Studio, where she writes, designs, and builds narrative experiences for voice and chat platforms. Her work examines how people and bots interact, and how we might best reach new audiences and tell compelling stories with these emerging platforms. Prior to joining Quartz, she was a profes... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Geneva Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722
Saturday, April 6


How We Lie (to Ourselves) With Charts
Graphic designers and journalists are taught that "a picture is worth a thousand words", that we should "show, don't tell", and that charts are "intuitive" and useful to "simplify" information. This talk explains why these myths, if taken at face value, are wrong and dangerous, and what we can do to become better readers and designers of charts, maps, and infographics.

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Alberto Cairo

Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami
Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami, after a career in journalism in Spain, Brazil and the U.S.Cairo was director of infographics at El Mundo online and at Editora Globo. He's now a permanent visualization consultant for entities and companies... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


20 UX Tools and Methods Every Newsroom Can Use
Even under the tightest of deadlines, quality organizations will always make time to perform proper UX research and testing. Chris will uncover a variety of UX tools and methods that you can add to your daily workflow to progressively improve your projects, regardless of the deadlines you are facing.

A light lunch will be served.

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Chris Courtney

Designer of Designers, New Pragmatic
As four-year-old, Chris Courtney designed and sold his first creations door-to-door in a quest to raise enough capital to purchase a Slurpee from the neighborhood 7-Eleven.A lifelong designer and entrepreneur, Chris has been either leading teams or launching new products at media... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


Designing Your Storytelling Future
Jamie Coughlin and Gabriel Silverman started their company SideXSide Studios after working for USA TODAY and The Washington Post. What they learned as journalists informs their narrative stories for clients ? from creating a movie, TransMilitary, that originated as an OpDoc in The New York Times to telling brand stories for Starbucks. The pair share lessons about how journalism skills can help you design your own storytelling future. 

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Jamie Coughlin

Executive Producer, SideXSide Studios
Jamie Coughlin is a journalist and creative producer. She is the recipient of a White House News Photographers Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for an Emmy, and is a RIAS fellow and a 2017 IFP Documentary Lab Fellow. Coughlin has received funding from the first-ever GLAAD... Read More →
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Gabriel Silverman

Creative Director, SideXSide Studios
Gabriel Silverman is the Creative Director of SideXSide Studios, a production company & video creative agency. Founded and staffed by journalists, SXS specializes in original & commissioned documentary content. Our first feature documentary, TransMilitary, won the Audience Award at SXSW '18 and received critical acclaim. Commercial clients include: Starbucks, Hilton, P&G, HIASSilverman is a journalist who has won more than a dozen awards for his reporting, including an Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative work, a White House News Ph... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


Speaking the Right Language: Designing for Voice
Voice applications present an entirely new field of work that challenges the way we approach design. Expertise in designing visual content for web, print, and mobile apps does not immediately translate to voice. Careful planning of user flows, language, and interactions is required in order to create an engaging and intuitive experience.

Platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Home give us new ways to connect to our audiences when they're not directly tied to a screen. They also let us open up possibilities to make information accessible to those that can't view a screen. It's important to understand what type of content is most meaningful to people within these new contexts.

We'll demonstrate how we choose which content to present in voice apps, how to plan out a successful voice application workflow, and tools that you can use to easily integrate voice with your existing web platforms. Prioritizing testing early in the process is crucial and can be done without any programming. We'll also demonstrate recent voice work for Freer|Sackler, Cooper Hewitt, and People Magazine.

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Brad Campeau-Laurion

Chief Strategy Officer, Alley
Brad has led the software development and product teams for top media websites for over a decade. As Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Alley. Brad works on Alleys most prominent projects and creates technology solutions under tight deadlines. Brad led the New York Posts monumental rebuild of its website in 2013 and subsequent redesign in 2015, executing two of the largest launches in the history of WordPress. He also... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Geneva Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


What's the Best Way to Tell This Story?
There are more ways than ever, it seems, to communicate. Many days, those of us designing the news spend a lot of time evaluating which tool will work best for the stories we're trying to present and package and help people understand. Is there some sort of short cut to keeping up with evolving tech? (No.) Are there things to try that will make you less crazy? (Yes.)  Are we going to talk about the basis for all good storytelling? (Definitely.) 

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Tonia Cowan

Director of Graphics, The Wall Street Journal
Tonia Cowan is the director of graphics for The Wall Street Journal, where she oversees infographics and multimedia storytelling. She is a 20-year infographic design veteran and has previously worked in the graphics departments at The Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


A TribApps Reunion: What We Learned Building the Team
We were a band of programmers who worked in the Chicago Tribune newsroom for a short and glorious time. We helped reporters seek, visualize and publish data. We made things.

How did we make this team work? Join Brian Boyer, Kaitlen Exum, Chris Courtney and Joe Germuska ? plus whoever else we round up ? to discuss building great teams and making an impact inside organizations. 

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Chicago Tribune
Come join our team! You will work closely with other developers, reporters, photographers, designers and editors to create great online journalism and build tools that help the newsroom. This could include wrangling and visualizing data, imagining new ways to tell a story online... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Geneva Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


The Inclusion Challenge in Photojournalism: Working Toward Solutions
Representation in photojournalism is critical because those who control our news imagery control our collective visual narrative. As we have critical conversations around diversity and representation in news, we must take an equally critical eye to who is making visual decisions ? from the photographers behind the camera to the picture editors who assign and shape stories to the engagement teams who promote them on social media.

This session s for all visual storytellers, photojournalists, multimedia journalists, online journalists, freelancers?everyone in the business.

Visual leaders discuss how some organizations are working on ways to solve the inclusion challenge, especially with the under-representation of women and people of color in photojournalism. See the appalling stats in this Vox piece by Kainaz Amaria and read her Nieman Lab essay here.

Conversations around diversity are overdue.

Our panelists will offer solutions-based advice in the following areas:

  • Building diverse in-house teams
  • Hiring diverse freelancers
  • Assigning for inclusion
  • Coaching visual journalist in new ways of seeing
  • Making publishing decisions with these considerations
  • Promoting stories in inclusive ways

Please join us for this important conversation ? moderated by Troy Griggs of The New York Times.

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Kainaz Amaria

Visuals Editor, Vox
Kainaz Amaria  (@kainazamaria) is visuals editor for Vox, where she brings together code, graphics, photography, design and storytelling in collaboration with people across the operation.Before Vox,  she was supervising editor for NPRs Visuals Team. Kainaz was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai, India... Read More →
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Nicole Frug?

Director of Photography, San Francisco Chronicle
Nicole Frug is the Director of Photography for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she leads one of the most diverse metro photo staffs in the nation. Frug was named the Jim Gordon Photo Editor of the Year in 2019, Photo Editor of the Year in 2018 and the Chronicle's photo editors... Read More →
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Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Executive Director, NPPA
Akili Ramsess became the current Executive Director of NPPA in April 2016. After serving as Director of Photography with the Orlando Sentinel from 2007 through 2011, Akili returned to her family home in the Atlanta area where she continues as an independent photographer, contract photo editor and multimedia producer.Prior to the Sentinel... Read More →
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Troy Griggs

Assistant Editor (Graphics), The New York Times
Troy Griggs is an assistant editor on the New York Times Graphics team. He previously worked as a special projects editor for The Guardian Visuals team in London. Before that, he worked at The Times in a number of roles, including as a designer and developer on the digital news design... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Lucerne Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722